The Salvation Army in Toronto Celebrates the Opening of the New $35 million Harbour Light Ministries Building



    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ - On Friday, May 22, 2009, The Salvation Army will
celebrate the opening and rededication of the of the new $35 million Toronto
Harbour Light development in downtown Toronto. The flagship social service
centre, located at 160 Jarvis Street, Toronto will be opened by Commissioner
William W. Francis, leader of The Salvation Army in Canada, at 10:30 a.m.
Friday, May 22, 2009.
    He will be joined by MP Bob Rae, Toronto Centre MPP George Smitherman,
and City of Toronto Councillor Kyle Rae, (Ward 27 - Toronto Centre-Rosedale).
    "Our government believes that every Ontario family deserves a safe,
healthy and affordable place to call home," said George Smitherman, MPP for
Toronto Centre. "Today's project is another example of how we are making rent
more affordable for lower-income Ontarians."
    "On behalf of Mayor David Miller and Toronto City Council, I want to
congratulate the Salvation Army for this important achievement," Coun. Rae
said. "The new Harbour Light facility will provide a better life for
vulnerable people and is a welcome addition to our community and our city."
    "The Toronto Harbour Light Ministries is a true example of public-private
partnership," said Captain John P. Murray, Spokesperson for The Salvation
Army. "This building would not be here if it were not for our government
supporters and private donors investing in the lives of people in our
community. We are truly thankful for this partnership and together we are
building a stronger community."
    The federal government contributed $1.5 million through the former SCPI
program. The province of Ontario has provided 98 rent supplements. The City of
Toronto has waived development fees and charges and provided property tax
exemptions worth $1.4 million.

    
    Attention Editors
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    Media Tours available of the new facility and the transitional housing
rooms immediately following the 10:30am dedication ceremony.

    About The Toronto Harbour Light Ministries

    The new facility will house the following programs and services:
      -  An 85 bed Residential Addiction Treatment Program for men
      -  A 98 unit Transitional Housing Apartment complex
      -  An Immigrant and Refugee Services center with ESL
      -  A 400 seating capacity community church
      -  A Concurrent Disorder Supportive Housing Program with 16 units for
         "Graduates"
    

    About The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began
its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest
non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The
Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday
in 400 communities across Canada and 118 countries around the world.
    The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families,
often tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless
people and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to
an addiction.
    When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of
marginalized and overlooked people in your community.





For further information:

For further information: and immediate interviews please contact:
Captain John P. Murray, APR, Divisional Secretary for Public Relations and
Development, c) (416) 998-0117


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